Mahmoud Arida reveals how he dug Gilboa tunnel

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- Mahmoud Al Arida, the leader of Gilboa prison break, revealed through his lawyer further information about how he dug the tunnel.

According to Raslan Mahajneh, Al Arida’s lawyer, Mahmud dug the beginning of the tunnel, which required cutting steel bars. He used a screw, which he found, to cut the steel bars.

“He had a piece of steel, which he took from a cabinet. He used it to cut the covering of the sewer. After that, they started digging using tools that they had. Munadel Infe’at did most of the digging. Muhammad Al Arida, Ya’qoub Qadiri, and Ayham Kamamji took part in the digging”, Mahajneh said.

“They found construction materials including steel bars, tools, and ropes, which were left behind during the construction of the prison. That helped them in the digging of the tunnel.”

(Source / 18.09.2021)

Israeli channel 12: Cost of Gilboa breakers’ manhunt exceeded 100 Million NIS

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- Israeli channel 12 reported that the costs of the Gilboa prison breakers’ manhunt have exceeded 100 million NIS. While operations continue to find Munadel Infei’at and Ayham Kamamji, the costs continue to rise.

The Israeli channel described the costs as the highest since the occupation state was created in 1948.

An Israeli security official told the Israeli channel that the occupation state has been using full potentials in the manhunt.

Cyber units in the Israeli Shin Bet and police have been working seven days a week 24 hours a day, according to the channel. Dozens of helicopters and drones, in addition to thousands of policemen, traffic policemen, motorcycles, and units that usually work for the Israeli Prison Service (IPS) have taken part in the operations.

Also, other units, including special forces, information analysis units, investigators, technology experts, and most units of the Israeli army were part of the manhunt. The channel added that most of those units are working until now to find Infe’at and Kamamji.

The channel cited an Israeli security official as saying that the manhunt would probably cost at least 250 million NIS. He also noted that the ongoing search for Infe’at and Kamamji costs the occupation state 10 to 20 million NIS every day.

(Source / 18.09.2021)

Breaking| Israeli forces injure over 46 Palestinians in Nablus

Nablus (QNN)- At least 46 Palestinian protesters were injuried by Israeli occupation forces on Friday in Beita and Beit Dajan villages in Nablus in the occupied West Bank.

The Palestinian Red Crescent said at least 46 Palestinians were injuried, 5 of them with rubber-coated metal bullets, fired at them by the Israeli forces in Beita and Beit Dajan.

Others also sustained injuries due to falling from high places after being chased and assaulted by the forces, others suffocated with teargas and injured with live ammunition.



Beita village becomes a site of weekly protests against the Israeli occupation and settlement expansion, which are often suppressed by Israeli forces.

The occupation authorities evacuated dozens of Israeli settlers from the illegal settlement of Evyatar in Beita, after a deal was reached between a settler leader and the occupation government of new Prime Minister Naftali Bennett.

Yossi Dagan, head of settler organisation the Shomron Regional Council, struck a deal with Israel’s defence minister, Benny Gantz, and interior minister Ayelet Shaked, that will turn Evyatar into a religious school and a military base for the Israeli forces.

‘Israel’ will keep about 50 caravan houses settlers installed in May on Palestinian lands belonging to the residents of the occupied West Bank village of Beita, while settlers would “return” to the land when Israeli occupation authorities designate it as “state-owned.”

In early May, a group of Israeli settlers set up caravans on Jabal Sabih, and with the help of Israeli occupation forces have since prevented any Palestinian access to the area.

Within days, settlers installed mobile houses, built roads and raised an Israeli flag over the settlement.

Since then, Beita has witnessed several protests against the new settler outpost on Jabal Sabih, which lies on the southern outskirts of the village and comprises an estimated 30 percent of Beita’s entire land area.

The livelihoods of at least 17 Palestinian families – more than 100 people – are threatened as they depend on harvesting their olives on land they have owned for generations.

Beit Dajan has also seen weekly protests against the Israeli occupation, as lands spread across approximately 6,650 acres, according to the Applied Research Institute – Jerusalem, large swathes of territory east of the village have been confiscated by the occupation state, labelled military zones and turned into the site for military bases and settlements, which are illegal under international law.

A large part of the village lands were seized for the construction of Al-Hamra and Mekhora (Mehola) illegal settlements, east and southeast of the village, in 1971 and 1973.

(Source / 18.09.2021)

Updated: “Six injured including A Journalist, As Soldiers Attack Water Convoy South Of Hebron”

Five activists from the Combatants for Peace Movement and a journalist were injured and more than seven other activists were abducted when Israeli soldiers attacked a convoy delivering water to a Palestinian family from Al-Tiwani village in Masafer Yatta, south of Hebron, on Friday 17.09.2021.

Two were moderately injured and were moved to a local hospital in Hebron, and three others suffered tear gas inhalation.

The injured journalist received treatment in location after being attack by Israeli occupation soldiers. Adam Rabie was among those injured who sustained injuries in his stomach when soldiers fired a tear gas canister directly at him.

                                     

The convoy of activists set out from the village of at-Tiwani towards the family home of a local farmer, Abu Hani, to deliver water to the property because the family has no running water due to Israeli violations and restrictions.

The Israeli soldiers then stopped the convoy, assaulted the activists, and abducted seven of them.

The soldiers also fired a barrage of stun grenades and tear gas and forced the participants to return, without allowing the water to reach the Palestinian family.

                                       

Basil Al-Adra from Masafer Yatta local Committee said, “The occupation seeks to deprive us of water to force us to leave our lands in Masafer Yatta. We will continue our protests to achieve our rights, our basic right to have water, and our right to live in dignity in our homeland without occupation.”

Al-Adra added, “Our partners from the Combatants for Peace movement continue to work with us to obtain our full legitimate rights guaranteed by international law.”

                                   

Jamil Qassas, the Palestinian general coordinator of the Combatants for Peace movement, said, “The violence of the occupation prevented us from delivering water to the Palestinian family, which is clear evidence of the occupation’s racism. We are continuing our campaign “Water is a Right” and today’s activity is the first of many to expose the racist policy of the occupation against the Palestinians.”

“Water is a Right” is a campaign launched by the Combatants for Peace movement in cooperation with the Masafer Yatta Committee, which aims to raise international awareness about the ongoing injustice and violations by the Israeli occupation, including depriving the Palestinians of their right to water resources in what is known as Area C of the West Bank.

                                 

The Israeli occupation controls more than 95% of the natural water wells in the West Bank, while the Israeli colonizers enjoy running water throughout the year; Palestinians in those areas suffer from water cuts up to 150 days per year

Moreover, the Israeli occupation prevents the Palestinians in Area C from building or develop any water wells and distribution networks of their own.

(Source / 18.09.2021)

Army Injures Dozens of Palestinians Near Nablus

Israeli soldiers shot, Friday, several Palestinians, and caused dozens to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation, during protests in Beita and Beit Dajan towns, south, and east of the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

Ahmad Jibril, the head of the Emergency Department at the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) in Nablus, said the soldiers shot five Palestinians with rubber-coated steel bullets, including two who were shot in the head, and one who was shot with a sponge-tipped bullet to the head, in Beita.

Among the wounded is a photojournalist, identuified as Ala’ Badarna, who was shot with a rubber-coated steel bullet in the chest.

He added that three Palestinians were injured after falling while the soldiers were chasing them, in addition to 63 who suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation.

Jibril also stated that the soldiers shot two Palestinians with rubber-coated steel bullets, and caused 27 to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation, in Beit Dajan.

The Palestinians have been holding ongoing protests to defend their lands against the illegal and escalating Israeli colonialist activities, especially of the colonizers installed an outpost on Sbeih Mountain.

The Mountain, owned by the Palestinians, has significant strategic importance, especially since if it is occupied by the colonizers the colony would lead to the annexation of 20 Dunams of Palestinian lands, and would also lead to the isolation of a large area of Palestinian lands.

(Source / 18.09.2021)

Army Abducts Two Siblings, While Israeli Colonizers Attack Families, In Hebron

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Friday evening, two Palestinian siblings while Israeli colonialist settlers assaulted several homes, near the Ibrahimi Mosque in the Old City of Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

Local sources said the soldiers invaded the area and abducted two Palestinian siblings, identified as Shadi Hasan al-Mohtaseb, 38. And his brother Abdullah, 22.

They added that the incident took place after a group of illegal fanatic Israeli colonizers attacked Palestinian homes in the area, while the soldiers stood and watched, before attacking the Palestinians, instead of removing the Israeli assailants, and abducted the two siblings.

The attacked homes are owned and inhabited by Palestinians from the local families of al-Mohtaseb, al-Beitar, Qfeisha, and Abu Hadid.

Several Palestinians were injured in the attack, mainly suffering various lacerations and bruises.

It is worth mentioning that the soldiers also caused many Palestinians to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation near the permanent military roadblock at the entrance of Shuhada Street in Hebron.

The Israeli gas bombs also forced all Palestinian shops and stores in the area to close.

(Source / 18.09.2021)

Six Detainees Continue Hunger Strike

Hasan Abed-Rabbo, the media consultant of the Palestinian Detainees’ Committee, has reported, Saturday, that six detainees, held by Israel under the arbitrary Administrative Detention orders without charges or trial, are ongoing with the hunger strike despite serious complications.

Abed-Rabbo stated that the detainees are suffering from a sharp pain, serious weight loss, fatigue, serious mineral deficiency, and salt deficiency “hyponatremia,” along with various other complications.

The hunger-striking detainees are Kayed and al-Fasfous, who started the strike 66 days ago, Miqdad al-Qawasma, who started 59 days ago, Ala al-A’raj, 41 days ago, Hisham Abu Hawwash, 33 days ago, Rayeq Bisharat, 28 days ago, and Shadi Abu Aker, 25 days ago.

They are constantly monitored by surveillance cameras, and some of them were briefly sent to hospitals after more than 40 days of hunger strike.

Israel is trying to force the detainees to accept “offers” that include extended administrative detention orders, but the detainees constantly reject these attempts to oblige them to end their strikes, especially since they are not facing any charges.

 Kayed al-Fasfous, 32, is facing constant sharp pain in the legs, kidneys, and abdomen, after he lost more than 30 kilograms of his body weight, and is threatening to stop drinking water if no serious resolution is reached.

He is a former political prisoner who was abducted and imprisoned several times, including his latest abduction in July 2020; Kayed is a married father of one child and has three brothers, Akram, Mahmoud, and Hafeth, who are imprisoned by Israel. Kayed also held a hunger strike when he was imprisoned in the year 2019.

– Miqdad al-Qawasma, 24, is facing serious complications, headache, pain in the abdomen and kidneys area, serious weight loss, in addition to severe pain in the joints, forcing him to use a wheelchair due to serious risks of falling in addition to balance issues.

Al-Qawasma was also repeatedly imprisoned by Israel, spending more than 4 years since 2015, including when he was held under Administrative Detention order. He has a brother who was abducted in March of this year and remains imprisoned.

– Ala’ al-A’raj, 34, from Anabta near Tulkarem, is facing sharp pain in the chest and abdomen, in addition to spasms and weakness in the muscles; he also needs a wheelchair whenever he has to leave his bed.

He was repeatedly abducted and imprisoned since the year 2013 and was also held under Administrative Detention orders, spending more than five years behind bars.

He was taken prisoner on June 30, 2021, and was instantly slapped with a six-month Administrative Detention order.

– Hisham Abu Hawwash, from Doura, 39, was abducted in October of 2020 and was slapped with two six-month Administrative Detention orders. He is a married father of four children, the youngest is suffering from kidney failure.
Hisham is also a former political prisoner who spent more than eight years in Israeli prisons.

– Rayeq Bisharat, 44, is a former political prisoner who lost his arms in an explosion in 2002, and his wife was killed by the army and his son was injured.

He was abducted in 2003 and was sentenced to nine years in prison before he was released in 2012. He was abducted again on June 23, 2021, and was slapped with a three-month Administrative Detention order.

– Shadi Abu Aker, 37, from Aida refugee camp in Bethlehem, was abducted in October 2020 and was slapped with three Administrative Detention orders.
He is a married father of two children and served a prison sentence of 10 years before he was released in the year 2012.

(Source / 18.09.2021)

New Lebanese labor minister supports changing laws that discriminate against the Palestinian refugees

Days of Palestine – Ramallah – The Minister of Labor in the new Lebanese government, Mustafa Bayram, said today that he supports changing laws that discriminate against the Palestinian refugees living in his country.

He told Palestine TV that he will do what he can to make sure the Palestinian people do not remain subject to injustice or treated unfairly in their host country.

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Almost half a million Palestinian refugees are registered with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) for Palestine refugees in Lebanon with half of them living in 12 refugee camps under dire conditions characterized by overcrowding, poor housing conditions, unemployment, poverty and lack of access to justice. Palestinians in Lebanon do not enjoy several important rights; for example, they cannot work in as many as 39 professions and cannot own property.

Most are receiving UNRWA assistance in the country, including cash assistance, education, health care, and protection.

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“I say to my Palestinian friends: I will be their voice of support when it (their situation) is brought before the cabinet,” said the Labor Minister, adding that he will do what he can “to amend laws that deny justice for Palestinians in Lebanon with regard to labor rights in a manner that does not conflict with Lebanese laws and the interest of the Lebanese worker.” Bayram said he will “spare no effort” to cooperate with others “who have constructive suggestions on this matter” in order to remove “the obstacles that prevent real progress in the issue of work rights for the Palestinian refugee in Lebanon.” He stressed that the Palestinian is a catalyst in revitalizing the Lebanese economy because he lives and works in Lebanon and contributes to the development of the Lebanese economy.

Bayram’s statements came as Palestinians marked the 39th anniversary of the massacre of several thousand Palestinian refugees at Sabra and Shatila camps in Beirut in 1982, immediately following the Israeli occupation of the Lebanese capital.

(Source / 18.09.2021)

Hamas: 6 escapees a priority in any prisoner swap

Days of Palestine – Gaza – Member of Hamas Political Bureau Khalil Al-Hayya announced on Friday that the six Palestinians who escaped from Gilboa Prison would be the priority in any potential prisoner swap.

Addressing worshippers at Friday prayer organised in front of the office of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Gaza, Al-Hayya stressed: “We will keep our promise.”

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He shared that his movement: “Is working hard to liberate all the Palestinian prisoners. This is a debt that we have sought to pay for a long time.”

Al-Hayya expressed that the: “Freedom Tunnel Operation is a slap to all those who bet on peace and reconciliation with the Israeli occupation,” adding: “This operation tells the occupation that we are not numbers, but lions preparing for the day of freedom.”

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Meanwhile, he hailed the residents of Jenin and the Palestinian resistance that formed a joint committee for the acting resistance groups, including Al-Aqsa Brigades, Al-Quds Brigades and Al-Qassam Brigades. “This proves that all the weapons in the hands of the Palestinians are one weapon,” he added.

He also conveyed that his movement had sent a message to all the mediators that: “The issue of the prisoners is not easy and the Palestinian resistance will not tolerate aggression on them,” adding that this pushed the Israeli occupation to “regain the rights of the prisoners inside jails.”

(Source / 18.09.2021)

Cost of escaped Palestine prisoners manhunt hits $30m

On 6 September, the Israeli occupation launched its largest manhunt in history, searching for six Palestinian prisoners who escaped the high-security Israeli prison of Gilboa. The operation has so far cost $30 million, Sputnik reported on Friday.

For the 14th consecutive day, the Israeli army and the Shin Bet intelligence service joined forces with police to look for the escapees using drones and helicopters. They set up hundreds of checkpoints.

They found and recaptured four escapees and are still searching for the remaining two. Israeli security services have not yet found any traces of them.

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Without any information revealed to the media, the security services expect that one of the two escapees has entered Jenin.

Israeli public broadcaster KAN reported that the manhunt for the two escapees has cost Israel between $3 and $6 million per day.

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KAN reported a police source stating: “It is the most expensive manhunt in Israel’s history.”

(Source / 18.09.2021)